Friday, February 19, 2010

William Morris' Red House

William Morris' Red House is a Victorian style red brick house located in South London. Designed by Morris and his friends Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Philip Webb, the house features handmade weaving, tapestries, stained glass and painted murals. Created during the Arts and Crafts movement, the house is a testament to the beauty of the handmade during increasing commercialization and industrialization of the time. The house itself is a work of art. This idea would be carried through to Frank Lloyd Wright as architecture and interior design merged to form a cohesive unit of beauty.

According to this biography of William Morris, "after Red House had been completed in 1861, the parties involved decided to found Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company: other founder-members included Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, and Webb." Morris went on to be well known for his intricate wallpaper designs of organic and natural forms that drew inspiration from medieval ideas.

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